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How to woo younger homebuyers

 

By Michael Estrin of Bankrate.com

 

 

The millennial generation is becoming an increasingly important part of the housing market. According to a 2013 National Association of Realtors study that looked at generational housing trends, millennials (or, Generation Y), those born between 1980 and 2000, are the second biggest segment of the buyer market, behind only Generation X, which covers those born between 1965 and 1979.

 

 

Home Office Safe Harbor, Other Tax Changes

On February 10, 2014, in Breaking NewsManaging Your Business, by Robert Freedman

 

The IRS has made it easier for you to claim your home office deduction and it has increased the amount of deduction you can take for driving people to and from listings in your car. These are two of the changes that can help you save money as you prepare to file your 2013 taxes. 
If you’re in a higher-income bracket, there are some additional changes you need to be aware of. Here’s a look at six changes that can affect how you prepare your taxes this year.  Read the story.

 

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Subprime loans are back — with a new name

These mortgages, aimed at low-credit-score borrowers, are marketed as ‘nonprime’ loans.

By Kathleen M. Howley, Bloomberg 

 Bill Dallas, whose last two subprime lenders went bust during the global credit crunch, pledges to get it right this time around.  Read the story…

Saturday, February 8, 2014
10am-12pm

On Saturday, February 8, from 10am to 12pm, urban explorers are invited to join Feet First on one of eighteen guided neighborhood walks on Stairway Walks Day, ranging in location from Bellevue to Burien and everywhere in between.  Read the whole story.

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FHA To Widen Acceptance Of Electronic Signatures On Home Loan Documents

The FHA and HUD have issued a press release announcing a wider acceptance of electronic signatures on FHA loan documents.

 

extWHY YOU CAN NEVER FINISH ANYTHING AND HOW TO FINALLY CHANGE IT

NEVER FINISHING WHAT YOU START IS MORE THAN A BAD HABIT–IT STEMS FROM FEARS AND HESITATIONS. HERE’S HOW TO GET PAST THE PROCRASTINATOR’S PARALYSIS.

HOW TO MAKE MONDAY AS PRODUCTIVE

AS TUESDAY

MONDAY MORNING IS PRIME TIME–YOU BETTER BE READY.BY 

The Bangles may have sung of “Manic Mondays,” but Tuesday is really the day when stuff gets done.
According to a recent survey by the staffing company Accountemps on employee productivity, 39% of HR managers said that Tuesday was generally the best day for their employees. That beat Monday (24%), Wednesday (14%) and Thursdays and Fridays (a paltry 3% apiece). Why is that? Friday’s problems are self-explanatory, but there’s no reason Monday can’t be just as productive as Tuesday–and the reasons it isn’t represent, for many people, a missed opportunity.  Read the story…

Field Guide to Quick Real Estate Statistics

Looking for quick statistics for your sales meeting or a customer brochure? Need a quick fact to make your point? Information Central has compiled some of the most requested statistics for quick and easy access. Find the information that you need, as well as its source, at a glance.  Glance here…

someone working at a standing desk during the code and theory office tour3 Time Management Tips That Will Improve Your Health And Productivity

Time management can be tough. What is urgent in your life and what is important to your life are often very different things.This is especially true with your health, where the important issues almost never seem urgent even though your life ultimately hangs in the balance.  Read more

LAS VEGAS — It was all about the “Internet of Things” at the 2014 International Consumer Electronic Show, which wrapped up last week in Las Vegas. More than 3,000 exhibitors showed off the latest gadgets and offered a peek into technology’s future – everything from curved-screen technology to driverless cars, smarter light bulbs, and wearable tech.